Keynote Speakers

Three Industry Leaders to Keynote at Nano 2017


Opening Keynote: Monday, 5 June , 4:00-5:30pm

Life In a Start-Up: The CelluForce Experience

Sébastien Corbeil, President & CEO, CelluForce


Sébastien Corbeil joined the company in 2015 to speed up the commercialization of nanocrystalline cellulose, an advanced biomaterial extracted from wood fibers. Mr. Corbeil has more than 20 years of international management experience.

Prior to joining CelluForce, Mr. Corbeil held several leadership positions with the SUEZ Group in Europe where he developed new products, launched new business units and helped reposition ailing companies. He came back to Canada in 2013 and served as Vice-President for EnGlobe Corp, in charge of a major acquisition project.

Mr. Corbeil started his career as a research engineer in Pulp and Paper with industrial gas giant Air Liquide in Chicago. Mr. Corbeil holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in chemical engineering from McGill University, as well as a MBA from DePaul University.

Luncheon Keynote: Tuesday, 6 June, 12:00-2:00pm

An Innovation Toolbox to Develop, De-Risk and Deploy World-Leading Nanocellulose Opportunities

Trevor Stuthridge, Executive Vice President, FPInnovations


Taking a nanotechnology opportunity from laboratory, to pilot-scale, and then to commercial readiness requires significant investment. It is critical that the risks of failure are minimized along this pathway. This requires optimizing production efficiencies, creating and protecting intellectual property, developing appropriate applications and building partnerships in the market. To achieve this, FPInnovations has created a set of innovation management tools that identify new concepts, prioritize research investment and accelerate deployment to the best commercial partners. This presentation will describe these tools and provide real-life examples where their careful application has improved the potential to take leading edge nanocellulose opportunities into the emerging bioeconomy.

Dr. Trevor Raymond Stuthridge holds the position of Executive Vice President at FPInnovations, with overall leadership responsibilities for R&D operations, business development and organisational strategy.

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. FPInnovations' 525 employees and R&D laboratories are located in Quebec City, Montreal, and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada.

Dr. Stuthridge has served as a chairperson, director, strategic advisor or executive manager for a broad range of national and international research initiatives and technology commercialisation opportunities relating to sustainable forest management, wood processing innovation, waste utilisation, environmental risk management, biofuels and bioenergy, clean technologies, climate change, and life-cycle assessment. In addition, he has developed and maintained numerous direct collaborations in academic research, government investment, commercial science and innovation.

Trevor has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Waikato in New Zealand plus executive qualifications in business management and governance. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at both University of British Columbia and ‎University of Toronto.

Luncheon Keynote: Thursday, 8 June, 12:00-2:00pm

Canada's Innovation System-Producing Nanoproducts with a Macro-effect!

Jean-Francois Levasseur, Director, Innovation, Industry & Indigenous Programs, Natural Resources Canada - Canadian Forest Service


Jean-François started his career as a chemical engineer with a variety of operational and managerial roles in Canadian pulp mills, including mill process optimization, bioenergy projects and environmental management systems.

With Environment Canada he assumed executive leadership roles on high profile issues concerning water pollutants, environmental effects monitoring, air contaminants, toxic substances and climate change related regulatory aspects applicable to the Canadian forest products industry.

Since joining Natural Resources Canada in 2009, Jean-François played an integral role around forest industry policy, design and implementation of funding programs supporting the transformation of the forest sector, such as the Pulp & Paper Green Transformation (PPGTP), the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program, the Forest Innovation Program supporting R&D for transformative technologies and most recently also leads on the implementation of the Indigenous Forestry Initiative.  

Together, these programs provided more than $1.3B worth in strategic economic analysis, R&D and capital investments towards energy efficiency improvements, green energy production and the commercialization of innovative transformative technologies, such as advanced bioenergy, biomaterials, biochemicals and next-generation building products across industrial forest products facilities. Many of these first-in-kind projects help further demonstrate where forest biomass can be used to replace fossil fuel based feedstocks in the manufacture of a variety of products such as fuels, chemicals and specialty materials.